Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Kamala Harris, you want to be president? I have one tip.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Dear Kamala,

You seem to have what it takes to be the US next president.

The Democratic pack has several leaders. But you only need to do one extra thing to both win from all your contenders and from Trump.

You know how to present your case on any issue. You have stacks of answers on anything. But also: you smile. Pete Buttigieg’s skyrocketing success shows the importance of that. You even giggle a lot. Fantastic!

Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands didn’t need to show by frowning that she was a person of importance. She became known (and loved!) as Princes Smile.

Now comes the litmus test on which your winning depends. You need to remember to never show any anger. You may show backbone, pride, clarity of thought, and even condemn wrongs. But all of that without a trace of anger. Even/especially when racism is discussed.

You don’t need to show anger to convince anyone that you’re against racism. You don’t need to show anger for angry Black voters to identify with you. They will. But you need to show that you can handle bigotry and humiliation with confidence, deep self-respect, and pride.

This is not because anger would not be decent or beautiful. Rather — and this is the most important reason to not go there where the anger is — anger looks for Trump fans as weakness. I know that to the self it might feel like a source of strength and that it may give energy. But typically, it comes across as powerlessness and a lack of self-confidence.

“When they go low, you go high” can’t mean to ignore insults to justice, history, and common decency. You may address it all head-on but with dignity and confidence — not with a trace of anger. Whenever you speak out sternly, have that twinkle in your eye. In your debates with Trump, everyone will notice what a lowlife he is and what a fine person you are.

Hardly anyone will notice what you say but all will hear how you say it.

Look at Buttigieg. All emotions are OK but anger. (Please, make him you VP. No one wants to miss the debate between him and the current VP!) Or Trevor Noah, with whom you had a good laugh.

For motivation, imagine that each time you show a microscopical amount of anger, Trump will get 0.5% more votes. It adds up.

Generally, as I mentioned above, you’re doing a great job already. Only, from now on you should not frown once — unless with a smile.

As you acknowledge too, at the end of the day, Trump’s outrageous promotion of racist ideas and measures, dictator cuddling, (and even Jew flattering,) are not happening because he believes such thing (he’s a non-believer in the deepest sense of the word, amoral rather than immoral), not for being a bully, and not even because it would sell to his voters but rather, in an attempt to distract us from even worse scandals, making greed work: trying to provoke wars and giving trillions of dollars extra to the super rich. Of course, we shouldn’t fall for his attention seeking and cheating or letting him dictate what we should focus on or discuss.

Why do I want you to win? I know that Pete, Joe, Elizabeth, and Bernie will each be excellent for the US People. But they could be disastrous for Israel. You won’t be any less good for the US than them but we in Israel won’t be f**ked over by you. So forgive me for wanting just you.

May the L^rd of the Universe, Who always has His eye on the Land and the People of Israel, bless and keep you and all people you care about.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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